RUTH HERBERT is a research fellow with Jesus College, Oxford (see http://www.jesus.ox.ac.uk/fellows-and-staff/fellows/dr-ruth-herbert) She worked with Bernard J Taylor for more than 15 years, assisting in the harmonisation and orchestration of a number of works, most notably Wuthering Heights. She has also assisted in the harmonisation of “Midnight Garden”, 12 poems set to music, and with four of the ten pieces comprising Passion’s Progress. Ruth studied at the Royal Academy of Music on a scholarship and won various prizes. She gained a first class honours degree and an M.A. in Performance Practice. She is an accomplished pianist and has given many recitals. She was until recently a lecturer at Dartington College of Performing Arts.
GARETH PRICE was the principal orchestrator for the recording of “Nosferatu” and acted as musical director for the UK professional premiere of the show. He has also done some of the orchestrations for “Pride and Prejudice” and “Wuthering Heights” and the pit orchestrations for all of Bernard J Taylor’s musicals as well as a new cantata. Gareth also did the orchestration for the symphonic works Millennium Suite and Passion’s Progress and has had some of his own compositions internationally performed.
MARTIN SMITH has engineered and co-produced all the recordings of Bernard J Taylor’s works except Wuthering Heights, and has contributed instrumental lines and drum patterns to a number of tracks on these recordings. Martin has worked as a producer with most of the major record companies and played bass guitar with the legendary Electric Light Orchestra until they were disbanded. He has written jingles and incidental music for a wide range of broadcast media, worked on several film scores, and has released his own solo guitar album entitled “Bitter Sun After Dark”.
NIC RAINE did the arrangements for Bernard Taylor’s very first musical, “Neighbours and Lovers”, which was staged at the Oast Theatre, Tonbridge, in 1987. He also did the orchestrations for the 1991 recording of “Wuthering Heights”. Nic has worked with a number of top film composers including John Barry (for whom he orchestrated two James Bond films), Maurice Jarre (for whom he did much of the orchestration for “A Passage to India” which won the Best Music Oscar) and Carl Davis, for whom he has done numerous orchestrations for film, stage and television.
JULIA JOCHIM has translated Bernard J Taylor’s stage play, Ghosts In The Afternoon, into the German language and has translated his musicals, Pride and Prejudice and Nosferatu. You can email Julia at Dr.Harald.Maier@t-online.de
ERICK MERINO has translated two of Bernard J. Taylor’s musicals into Spanish: 1998 “Nosferatu – el vampiro” and 2003 “¡Libertad!” He was born in Mexico City in 1971. He has directed and performed in several theatrical productions. His work in the arts has been presented in Japan, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Venezuela, the United Kingdom, Finland, and the United States. His repertoire includes opera, operetta, musicals, dramas, comedies, magic spectacles, and performance art. He has professionally translated several plays and musicals into Spanish. The National Press Circle of Mexico has awarded him with two Palmas de Oro and two Sol de Oro for his work in the arts. He is presently the president of Teatro de Papel and Carpa Geodésica, and director of the Centro Experimental de Cultura La Moira. Contact Erick at: Erickmerino@Erickmerino.com or visit his website: www.erickmerino.com